During his first trip to the United States, Indonesian author and political dissident Pramoedya Ananta Toer (February 6, 1925 - April 30, 2006) discusses his latest book, The Mute Soliloquy, with Amy Goodman on Pacifica Radio. The autobiographical Mute Soliloquy (Nyanyi Sunyi Seorang Bisu, 1995) is based on a series of letters Toer wrote to his daughter while he was imprisoned on Buru Island. Toer was forced to hide the letters from his captors, and they were never posted.
Throughout the course of the interview, Toer speaks about the political controversy surrounding his work and the fourteen years and two months he spent as a political prisoner in the Buru Island prison camp. Additionally, Toer discusses his views on the past and present state of both Indonesian and world affairs.
Toer was 74 years old at the time of this interview.